As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations.


Open Positions

Environmental Health Program Summer Intern

As You Sow’s Environmental Health Program works to protect public health by addressing harmful materials in food, agriculture, and consumer products. We engage companies and educate investors about the long-term value of corporate responsibility. Our work currently focuses on pesticide use in agriculture and antibiotic use in livestock production. We are also one of the leading enforcers of California’s innovative Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Over 20 years, we have encouraged settlements that reduce hazardous emissions, eliminate consumer exposures to toxics, and provide funds for employee training to lower occupational exposures to toxic chemicals. More information is available at: http://www.asyousow.org/our-work/environmental-health/

The Environmental Health Program Intern will primarily work under the direction of the Environmental Health Program Manager. The Intern will conduct scientific and corporate research, compile information, participate in conference calls and meetings, and complete other tasks according to program needs. Through their work, the Intern will gain insight into shareholder advocacy and the food system and improve research and writing skills.

Dates: Summer 2019, Flexible (open now)

Hours: 15-25 hours/week (part-time)

Pay: $15/hour

Location: As You Sow’s Office in Downtown Oakland, California


  • Excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills

  • Experience reading and synthesizing complex information (e.g. peer-reviewed scientific literature, legal and regulatory documents, etc)

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Strong organization and time management skills

  • Positive attitude and motivation to learn and grow

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

  • Independent, self-directed, comfortable proactively asking clarifying questions

  • Interested in food system issues and/or corporate social responsibility (preferred)

Note: This role will require research and writing tasks that arise on an as-needed basis. The pace of the office is fast and priorities can change quickly. As such, the tasks and scope of this role may fluctuate, and we seek a candidate who is flexible and can work efficiently within fluid circumstances.

To apply: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please write “Environmental Health Program Summer Intern” in the subject line. For more information, go to: www.asyousow.org

As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. Further, As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations.


As You Sow and Responsible Sourcing Network actively seek to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex or sexual orientation.


Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the non-profit organization As You Sow, champions human rights with vulnerable communities involved in the harvesting and mining of raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently, RSN works with stakeholders to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from Africa and forced labor in cotton production in Central Asia to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.


RSN is seeking a Communications Intern to assist in supporting the work of the Cotton and Minerals Programs, and RSN in general. Main assistance will be with supporting RSN’s website, www.sourcingnetwork.org, which is on SquareSpace 7.0, and to assist with updating and expanding RSN’s social media presence. In addition, social media and database projects may include but not be limited to drafting blog posts and website content, populating media contacts in our database, updating and increasing traffic to our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts, and researching related stories on corporate activities.   


  • Assist with updating and maintaining the RSN website and social networking sites

  • Increase the traffic with RSN’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin accounts

  • Harmonize the brand message throughout all of RSN’s collateral

  • Assist with determining strategies for Instagram, Snapchat, and other new social media platforms

  • Research news to post messages on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  • Populate RSN media and photo library databases

  • Assist with the development of fundraising and communications materials

  • Contribute to monitoring and recording news alerts and RSN’s press coverage

  • Populate a database to track journalists interested in RSN’s work

  • Support program staff with basic organizational and research tasks


Candidates should:

  • Be proficient in HTML and CSS (preferred but not mandatory), and ideally have experience working with SquareSpace

  • Be a recent graduate, pursuing a graduate degree, or an advanced undergraduate (junior or senior) degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field

  • Be facile in internet research


Candidates should:

  • Have excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills

  • Be able to prioritize tasks and work independently

  • Have strong organizational and time management skills, with excellent attention to detail a must

  • Be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to excellence

  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Interest in human rights, labor rights, social issues, and new media

  • Interest in corporate responsibility and passionate about making change in the world


We are looking for a summer intern who is available to work 15-20 hours per week; min. 3-month commitment; $15/hr and/or school credit where available. There is the possibility of extending the internship (potentially through work study) into the school year. We are flexible about the start and end dates. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. This posting will be removed once the position is filled.


The position is initially on-site at the Responsible Sourcing Network/As You Sow offices in downtown Oakland, California. However, we are open to having some of the work done virtually.


We encourage all applicants to review our website www.sourcingnetwork.org before applying.

Send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position to [email protected]. Include “RSN Communications Intern” in the subject line of your email.

As You Sow is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and is an equal opportunity employer. AYS makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business needs. AYS does not unlawfully discriminate on the of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, or any other basis protected by law. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.